Microcephaly: Zika, pesticides, and profits

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via Microcephaly: Zika, pesticides, and profits.

Article from GMWatch –

Microcephaly: Zika, pesticides, and profits

The epidemic that put Latin America on high alert has left open questions about its causes and the accumulation of economic interests that have converged around the scourge

The potential causes of the reported microcephaly outbreak in Brazil are once again under the spotlight with the publication of an article (below) by Roberto Rovasio, former lead researcher at Conicet, the Argentine government’s main research institute.

The most widely promoted explanation for the microcephaly cases is that they are caused by the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.

However, not everyone agrees that the Zika virus is the only, or even the chief, suspect. Dr Rovasio names several potential causes or contributing factors. These include the pesticides that are being sprayed to combat mosquitoes, as well as the lack of sanitation, and of piped…

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